Meet Brandina, our guest speaker at this year’s Gala!
Brandina, like 1.4 million other Zambian children, became an orphan at a young age. She was only 13 years old. Her older sister, Joy, was quickly sold into marriage at the age of 14 and had two children before her 16th birthday. Brandina was left to care for her baby brother Moses alone.
“We ran into the mountains to escape being taken away, sold or separated. We would sleep in the grasses where there were lots of snakes and hyenas; we would eat wild fruits and bugs. I was so scared and hopeless. I wished I could just be a child. There was no place for us to stay and no money for me to go to school, so my whole life’s purpose was finding food and shelter for Moses and me.”
In 2011, Brandina was told about a school that rescues orphaned and vulnerable children and charges no school fees. This school was African Vision of Hope. In Zambia, school is not free so it was hard for Brandina to believe a place like this even existed. “After I was accepted into school, my next challenge was finding care for my brother. I was able to find a job after school which helped me provide for him.”
Brandina graduated African Vision of Hope High School in 2015, an achievement she never dreamed possible. Isaiah 41:10 is her favorite verse: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“I had lost all hope that I would become something in life. Now, my brother Moses is also in school at African Vision of Hope and living in the boarding home. Because he is being cared for, I have been able to go to college with an African Vision of Hope scholarship.”
Across sub-Saharan Africa, 9 million girls between the ages of 6 and 11 will never go to school. Instead of becoming a statistic and being sold into marriage like her sister, Brandina is now a student at Eden University where she is studying to become a Physician’s Assistant. Her life has been transformed from poverty to possibility, and your investment has made all the difference. You have bridged the gap. By taking advantage of these scholarships that you make possible, young people like Brandina will enrich the lives of their communities and country. They develop a deep gratitude and commitment to give back – a ripple effect that changes generations.
Want to hear Brandina share her story in person? Come to the Gala on November 7th! Buy your tickets HERE.